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Maybe you're like me--never thought about the wedding day until you had an engagement ring on your finger. For me that was no big deal. I was an event pro, so I already knew how to make it happen. But for you, chances are this is your first wedding planning experience. The average wedding is hovering around $23,000, and most wedding planners charge about 3 to 5 per cent of the total budget. So you'll pay about $2,000, at a minimum. If you think this is an added expense you don't need, hiring a good wedding planner can actually save you money. Seriously. 

Here's how:

Venue: Wed pros have the inside scoop on the best places, times, dates, and what it will cost you. They can narrow in on a place much faster than you could on your own, and they can help you get the best price.

Budget: They can help you create a realistic budget, and make the right decisions so you can stay within your budget, and still get exactly what you want.Go here to read some really good ways to keep you costs down.)

www.smartmoney.com

Are you a wedding planner? Say hi! I'll post your link.

(Links to local wedding planners will be updated daily for the rest of the week.)

Wedding/Event Planners 

Courtney Kern (NYC) http://www.eventsbeyond.net/

Emily Humphries (Nashville, TN) http://www.simplyyoursweddings.blogspot.com/

Amy Thomas (Nashville and Middle Tennessee) http://www.swizzleevents.com

Jules Schmidt (Cincinatti,OH) http://www.cincyeventplanning.com

Sarah Pease (NYC) http://www.brillianteventplanning.com/blog

Elissa Keno (Raleigh, NC) http://www.elissakeno.com/main_home.htm

Saundra Hadley (Indiana,Kentucky,and more) http://planningforever.com

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